So, I decided to build my own bike.
3 months have past and I am now $2,890 deep into it. Here is what I have so far...
2007 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro frame - $ 1,275
2008 Fox Talas RLC fork- $660
Thomson Elite X4 Stem - $83
Specialized S-Works carbon handle bar - $62
Mavic Crossmax SLR wheelset - $810
then another $1,500 or so (all high end stuff) to complete the bike. Grand totalling around $4,500. I'm afraid that this will turn into a paved-only mountain bike. I wouldn't want it to get dirty. It'll be like those Hummers that never go off-road. I don't know if I want to cry or rejoice.
Though, it is fun as long as I don't look at the numbers... i think.
/end of rant...